Primary Sources:

Medical Works: (note: the following list includes both published and unpublished medical works. They are presented in chronological order according to when they were written, and not when they were published on when the author, if he or she ever visited or lived on Jamaica, made their initial observations. High morbidity and mortality rates, accompanied by abolitionist-inspired pressures to increase fertility on plantations, ensured that medical and plantation manuals were a popular genre of writing during this era. 

 


JAMES GRAINGER. An Essay on the More Common West-India Diseases and the Remedies which that Country itself Produces (London: T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1764). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

THOMAS DANCER. The Medical Assistant; or Jamaica Practice of Physic (Kingston, Jamaica: Alexander Aikman, 1801). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

[DAVID COLLINS]. Practical Rules for the Management and Medical Treatment of Negro Slaves (London: J. Barfield, 1803). Access: this volume is available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).

JOHN WILLIAMSON. Medical and Miscellaneous Observations Relative to the West India Islands, 2 Vols. (Edinburgh: Alex Smellie, 1817). Access: both of these volumes are available to read in full on The Internet Archive (archive.org).